After playing a combined 11 innings, giving up zero walks and errors and going 2-0 against the then No. 20 Mississippi State Bulldogs, one Arkansas sophomore was named the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week on April 3.
Autumn Storms started in game two against the Bulldogs, allowing only three hits, striking out four and shutting out Mississippi State, 6-0. Even though freshman pitcher Mary Haff started in the series finale, Storms entered the circle following two home runs in the top of the third. Storms then gave up three hits and struck out a batter. The Razorbacks won game three, 8-2.
Storms is only the sixth player in Arkansas softball history to receive this honor, and the previous winner did so in 2013. With this award, the Arkansas softball program has received all three weekly accolades in a single season. The other two awards were SEC Player of the Week, won by freshman outfielder Hannah McEwen and Freshman of the Week, won by Haff.
Arkansas coach Courtney Deifel was proud of the way Storms pitched, she said in a press release.
“I thought she was outstanding the last two days,” Deifel said. “She just had that look in her eye and had such good command of her pitches. This weekend showed exactly what we know she can do. Her presence, her confidence and her command set such a great tone for us.”